Watch woman yell 'bear don’t eat my kayak' as bear eats kayak
If karma is real, then it's neatly demonstrated by this video — starring a bear, a kayak, and an increasingly upset woman — from Southeast Alaska. "Thank you for leaving my kayak alone," camera...
Colbert brings PewDiePie across the digital divide
"I wanna thank the internet for allowing their emperor to be here for the evening," opens Stephen Colbert as he introduces PewDiePie, the world's most popular YouTuber. In a meeting of two of the...
Adorable pregnancy announcement leaves father-to-be in tears
A woman reveals to her significant other that she is 19 weeks pregnant and he absolutely loses it.
Bioprinting is printing with biological materials. Think of it as 3D printing, but with squishier ingredients! There's a lot of work being done at research labs and big companies like Organovo on print human tissues and human organs, with an eye towards drug testing, and transplantation into humans. Check out these amazing TED talks by Anthony Atala, for example: Anthony Atala: Growing new organs Anthony Atala: Printing a human kidney All this sounds incredible complex, but the fact is that the basic technologies are very accessible - it's all based on inkjet and/or 3D printing! So a bunch of us at BioCurious decided we wanted to play around with this technology ourselves - and the BioPrinter Community Project was born! (Come join us, every Thursday evening at BioCurious!) We wrote this instructable in part to document our project for our fellow Citizen Scientists in the DIYbio community, so it's getting ...
Peeple is the ‘Yelp for people’ app your mother warned you about
Peeple is an app that lets users rate fellow human beings as if they were Amazon purchases. Its creators are calling it "Yelp for people," with the app letting anyone review anyone they know and...
'Get stuffed': Pregnant Australian TV presenter slams fat shamers
An Australian TV host has taken down fat shamers in one fell swoop live on air.
Nearly complete mammoth skeleton found on Michigan soy farm
The mostly complete mammoth was thought to have been butchered by early humans and stored in a pond.
The New and Improved Tin Can Microphone
Most DIY enthusiasts who are interested in audio gear are familiar with the standard “tin can mic” (or variations thereof), in which a piezo disc is taped onto the bottom of a tin can and then plugged into a high impedance voltage amplifier, like a guitar amp. These types of microphones are nice because they are so easy to make, but they are quite limited in most other areas, including bandwidth, microphonics, signal to noise ratio, impedance matching, and cable driving. These issues usually result in a very noisy and brittle sounding microphone. So out of frustration with these limitations, we created the “New and Improved Tin Can Mic” -- the standard tin can mic taken to the next level! Using common household items along with a simple circuit, this mic has a tonality similar to the original tin can mic (for all you Tom Waits fans), but improves upon ...
Final Spectre trailer: bombs, bullets, and bruises for Bond
Spectre's release date is nearing — it's hitting theaters in just over a month — and its final trailer is available now for your viewing pleasure. The minute-long clip is the culmination of a...
How To Make The UltraDagger Paper Airplane
Very fast, long range and stable, the UltraDagger is a very small but capable dart paper airplane developed from the older and larger HyperDagger.The UltraDagger was developed as an interceptor variant of the HyperDagger with very high wing loading in an effort to improve stability and airframe rigidity further. The new design was conceived before a physical prototype was made, so as a result, the first UltraDagger was actually made from a HyperDagger I rebuilt and converted for testing. Despite the airframe being fairly old and somewhat worn, the new design was shown to be very promising. I continued testing with new built prototypes and after these upheld the previous showing of capability in testing, I decided the design was worthy of publication. TAA USAF Designation: F364-1
The best cheap vacuum
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The Vergecast 173: New Nexuses, new Chromecasts, new Teslas
Dieter Bohn, Nilay Patel, and hype-seater Kristen Frisina are joined by Chris Ziegler and Lauren Goode in a rare five-seater that eats up the week’s news, including the new Nexus phones, the...
Driving dog and little boy are the most adorable motorheads on the road
Daisy the dog is a really good driver -- always keeping her paws at 10 and 2.
Target stores will begin selling the Apple Watch this week
In total, Target says it'll be carrying 20 models (both 38mm and 42mm) split between Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch. That'll include new editions like the rose gold Sport model and the space black stainless steel Watch. The company notes that the most expensive Apple Watch it'll be selling costs $599 — so Target's lineup likely tops off with the Apple Watch with sport band. If you want the full Apple Watch collection, Apple's own stores remain your best bet.
September in Africa: Tech news you shouldn’t miss
Tom Jackson is a tech and business journalist based in South Africa . A UK-trained reporter, he is committed to the dream of African development through technology. Tom is looking to present a picture of the "real" Africa tech scene in order to aid better understanding of how it can be used to develop Africa economically and socially.
Here’s How Easy It Is to Make a Facebook Profile Video
If you are lucky enough to have access to the new Facebook Mobile Profile , that means you can get rid of your boring old static image and upgrade to a looping video. It’s easier than easier—and we’ll take you through the process.
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Horus: An Interactive Tool for Designing Quadrotor Camera Shots
Cameras attached to small quadrotor aircraft are rapidly becoming a ubiquitous tool for cinematographers, enabling dynamic camera movements through 3D environments. Currently, professionals use these cameras by flying quadrotors manually, a process which requires much skill and dexterity. In this paper, we investigate the needs of quadrotor cinematographers, and build a tool to support video capture using quadrotor-based camera systems. We begin by conducting semi-structured interviews with professional photographers and videographers, from which we extract a set of design principles. We present a tool based on these principles for designing and autonomously executing quadrotor-based camera shots. Our tool enables users to: (1) specify shots visually using keyframes; (2) preview the resulting shots in a virtual environment; (3) precisely control the timing of shots using easing curves; and (4) capture the resulting shots in the real world with a single button click using commercially available quadrotors. We evaluate our tool in a user study with novice and expert cinematographers.
Science Knowledge Quiz
Test your knowledge of science facts and applications of scientific principles by taking our short 12-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with a nationally representative group of 3,278 randomly selected U.S. adults surveyed online and by mail between Aug. 11 and Sept. 3, 2014 as members of the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel.
Connected, but alone?
As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.
A tale of two Americas. And the mini-mart where they collided
Ten days after 9/11, a shocking attack at a Texas mini-mart shattered the lives of two men: the victim and the attacker. In this stunning talk, Anand Giridharadas, author of "The True American," tells the story of what happened next. It's a parable about the two paths an American life can take, and a powerful call for reconciliation.
10 Easy Ways To Free Up A Lot Of Space On Your iPhone
Does Facebook really need to know where you are all the time? How about Shazam or Pandora? You can choose which apps have access to your location in the Location Services section of the Settings:
1. Touch the Settings icon.
2. Touch "Privacy."
3. Touch "Location Services."
4. Don't turn off "Location Services" at the top of the screen. That stays "On."
5. Go through your apps one by one and determine which ones have to know where you are to function properly.
Note: Most apps that request access to your location, like Yelp or RunKeeper, really do need it to do their jobs. Facebook and Twitter, meanwhile, only need your location to put a GPS stamp on your posts, which not everyone is going to find useful or desirable.
Of course, if you're uncomfortable with disabling location on any of the apps listed, then don't disable location. But if you see that Fruit Ninja, or something similar, is using your location, it's probably safe to slice Location Services right out.
Meet the Nepalese-American death metal guitarist who just found water on Mars - CNET
When Ojha returns my call shortly after I leave a message on his cell phone, he's quick to clarify that he doesn't consider himself an astrobiologist or a planetary scientist. That's not just because he's only 25 years old and still technically in graduate school, pursuing a Ph.D. at Georgia Tech, but because he sees himself more as a "jack of all trades" as far as science goes. He also spends a lot of time studying earthquakes on our own planet, for example.
Man mistakes plane exit for toilet door, tries to open it at 30,000 feet
As soon as the flight landed at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Gray was placed in a detention centre overnight before receiving his fine. He didn't realise he was also banned from the airline until he attempted to fly back home and staff refused to let him get on the plane.
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You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Why people need poetry
"We're all going to die — and poems can help us live with that." In a charming and funny talk, literary critic Stephen Burt takes us on a lyrical journey with some of his favorite poets, all the way down to a line break and back up to the human urge to imagine.
9 TED Talks to help you understand racism in America
Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.
Guns Kill More Americans Than Terrorists Do
Now, terrorists use guns. And that’s where the data get complicated, because there isn’t always a clean division between gun violence and terrorism. According to the State Department, terrorism is “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents….” But the CDC classifies all gun deaths together in one category. There’s no separate “gun deaths from terrorism” column in their annual data report, and if there were, it wouldn’t rank among other common causes of death.
The gender-neutral kids clothing you've been searching for
Hartman explains that critics believe the campaign, and each specific brand, is trying to take away their child's gender with unisex clothing. She argues that she's just trying to offer things that aren't already there.
Detroit elevated in status to one of world's street art capitals, as astonishing mural festival leaves its legacy...
The festival was organised by online art retailer 1xRUN and their bricks-and-mortar Inner State Gallery operation. The group has been doing good things for Detroit for a number of years, and are responsible for curating and producing over 100 murals across the city for initiatives such as 2011’s Detroit Beautification Project . Over 30 of those public artworks have centred on the Eastern Market area, which has, since its founding in the 1800s, been an important community hub and a meeting point for diverse cultures. Though this year’s festival is over, its legacy will remain and the astonishing collection of public art it created looks certain to take its place as one of Detroit’s major attractions.
Larry Wilmore for president: Keeping it 100 on 2016
I'm very upset because, first of all, you're painting everybody into one category. Somebody asked him a question about the black vote. He's just assuming that black people just want some free shit, that they're not working, that the whole reason they're voting for the Democratic Party is to get a free ride. That's such bullshit. I was taught from a very early age that I had to work twice as hard to get half as much. That was the world I grew up in — a very strong work ethic. My family is from the Midwest; that's what blacks have always had to do. This notion that black people want a free ride or this other notion that women and gays want to coalesce ... to have some type of victimhood to kind of get a leg-up in the oppression race is ridiculous, too. I just found it so out of touch, so misguided. And really, a lot of that talk comes from talking points that [people] just believe and use as their starting point, which is bullshit in the first place. Any voting group has an interest that they want from politicians. That's why politicians have to talk to different people. But to reduce the black interest to free stuff is so insulting.
Facebook redesigns mobile profiles and begins testing video profile pictures
Profiles, the original beating heart of Facebook, were pushed to the side in 2006 by the more addictive News Feed. But profiles remain a tremendously popular part of the social network — they are viewed a cumulative 4 billion times a day, the company says. In recent years, Facebook has been cautious about modifying the way they look and feel. But today profiles are getting a significant redesign — and the result is a page that's less about what you want to share, and more about what your friends want to see.
Chromecast Audio enables wireless music streaming for your old-school speakers
The result is a $35 solution for turning old-school high-fidelity speakers, so-so Bluetooth speakers, or just plain old "dumb" speakers into ones that stream music over Wi-Fi. Users can (finally!) cast music from Spotify, Google's own Play Music app, or Pandora — basically any app that will support casting. As rumored, Chromecast Audio will support multi-room audio streaming, eventually, but not until sometime later this year.
The Best Little Porno Movie on the Internet [Very NSFW]
As I learned at Kink last week, though, the ingredients in excellent internet porn go beyond regular medical tests and hot bodies. They are, in fact, no different from the ingredients in any awesome action movie: an ineffable combination of actor chemistry, good direction, technical skill, and a fun script. Most of all, the final product must appear flawlessly sexy. You shouldn’t be able to tell that people were in weird positions, with lights in their crotches, aching backs, and lube emergencies. All you should see is a gang that’s coming boldly where no one has come before.
Why I cut my income in half and stopped freelancing
This may sound ridiculous when you think about the fact that I was making $110k/year freelancing, but the issue was that the money became the sole reason for my career choices. By creating something bigger than ourselves, we created distance between ourselves and the finances, automating the expenses, and allowing ourselves to focus on our work and on the people we work with and for.
Over 8,400 images from NASA's Moon missions are now on Flickr in high resolution
NASA didn't just send astronauts to the Moon to do scientific exploration, it also sent them equipped with a handful of Hasselblad cameras . The images from these cameras were preserved, and many were digitized. But in recent years the screens we use — the ones in our living rooms, on our desks, and even the ones in our pockets — have seen a drastic increase in quality, leaving these photos looking pixelated and fuzzy. Thanks to some tiresome work from a few enthusiasts, every photo taken on the Moon (and many of the ones taken on the way there and back) has been uploaded in high resolution to one massive Flickr gallery.
Apple's late to the car game and that's okay
This is how Apple operates. It didn't invent the MP3 player, the GUI or the smartphone. It saw what others had done and improved on it for maximum profit. Sure the company makes technology more palatable for the masses, but it does so while making a substantial profit on its products. This is why you haven't seen a 4K TV with the Apple logo on it. Television sales offer slim profit margins. There's no need to make a TV when a set-top box that points users to your digital rentals will suffice.
Grieving parents discover heartwarming note from their deceased son
Six-year-old Leland Shoemake died from an amoebic brain infection last week, but he left behind a note to his parents on their living room table, according to a social media post by his mother, Amber Shoemake. She shared a photo of the note to the Leland's support group on Facebook.
Photographer captures haunting images of Syria's lost children
Abdul Karim Addo has no money left. He bought a ferry ticket to Athens with his last euros. Now he spends the night in Omonoia Square, where hundreds of refugees are arriving every day. Here smugglers are making big money arranging false passports as well as bus and plane tickets to people in flight - but Abdul Karin is not going anywhere. He is able to borrow a telephone and call home to his mother in Syria, but he is not able to tell her how bad things are. "She cries and is scared for my sake and I don't want to worry her more". He unfolds his blanket in the middle of the square and curls up in the fetal position. "I dream of two things: to sleep in a bed again and to hug my younger sister."
US government releases new design standards so its websites can stop being ugly
You’d think the United States, a country that hosts many of the world’s most powerful tech companies, would show off some strong design chops on its official websites. Alas, that is rarely the case; just look at the FBI’s page , which looks like it was pulled out of 2005.
'Super Mario Maker' crushed my dreams of making video games
"Isn't this supposed to be fun?" I asked myself over and over again. I knew the answer was "yes," but I still wasn't having any. I'd been playing Super Mario Maker , a video game that lets you make your own Super Mario Bros. levels and play them on a real Nintendo console, and I was completely miserable. It didn't make any sense. I'd dreamed about making Nintendo games since I was 6 years old, but when the company gave me the chance to prove a game design genius lived under my skin, I flopped. It was then that a shocking and heartbreaking realization washed over me: I hate making video games.
The Data Are Damning: How Race Influences School Funding
“If you color code the districts based on their racial composition you see this very stark breakdown. At any given poverty level, districts that have a higher proportion of white students get substantially higher funding than districts that have more minority students.” That means that no matter how rich or poor the district in question, funding gaps existed solely based on the racial composition of the school. Just the increased presence of minority students actually deflated a district’s funding level. “The ones that have a few more students of color get lower funding than the ones that are 100 percent or 95 percent white,” Mosenkis said.
Slavery in America was much worse than you probably imagined
Virginia was the epicenter of a slave breeding industry, in which enslaved women were expected to be constantly pregnant, were sold off if they didn’t produce children, and sometimes were force-mated to achieve that end. The offspring were sold to newer settlers and those migrating west. Charleston, South Carolina, in contrast, was colonial America’s slave importing and exporting port. In the late seventeenth century, Carolina exported captured native Americans as slaves to Caribbean plantation islands, gradually replacing them with imported laborers. As the South was emptied of native Americans and American plantations grew, South Carolina became the major slave importer in the colonies and in the early republic. Virginia eventually won out when Congress, at President Thomas Jefferson’s urging, banned slave importation as of January 1, 1808—protectionism, say the Sublettes, for Virginia’s slave-breeding industry, and sold to the public as protection against the alleged terrorism of “French negroes” from Haiti. After that, a new interstate slave trade grew, propelled by territories and new states that wanted slavery, and by the breeders who wanted new markets.
Industrial Robots May Need to Be Observant Students | MIT Technology Review
The approach involves training a computer system to associate specific robot actions with video footage showing people performing various tasks. A recent paper from the group, for example, shows that a robot can learn how to pick up different objects using two different systems by watching thousands of instructional YouTube videos. One system learns to recognize different objects; another identifies different types of grasp.
How to make creative cities -- from buildings to buses
The greatest project of all is day-to-day life. “We realized in a moment of navel-gazing that the biggest project we’ve had is the studio itself and how our work and approach has evolved over 20 years,” Heatherwick says. “We’re not experts at anything, but we’re experts at not being experts, and we’ve developed a system to do this.” That means thinking large and then zooming in close, doing research and analysis, hunting down the real problem to solve, and asking questions and breaking that down “until the real thing is discovered.” At the studio, designers test and experiment with materials to see how people respond to its touch and feel. “There is a great responsibility, because some of the things we create are among the biggest objects made by we wee humans,” he says.
15% of Americans don’t use the internet. Who are they?
Is there no other reason to use the internet? Research and learning? Books, magazines, reading material. I know more in the last 15 years as I did the previous 30. A simple example, I am now able to cherry pick cooperative extension pdf bulletins from 40+ states rather than being stuck with a small number of paper copies from my states URI. Discographies? History of filmmaking? History, particularly recent history, in general always badly covered in school. Mapping? Street view? I have been to many places I otherwise will never actually see. I understand one does not want to spend a life online. Replacing TV with internet has benefits and reducing both a bit is good too. But if you are too young to have gone to school in the regimented 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, particularly the 50s and 60s, you have no appreciation the freedom of information the worldwide network provides.
Baseball selfie girls use Internet infamy for good
"We appreciate their generous offer of tickets to tonight’s game," the post said. "However, instead of chapter members attending the game, we have asked the Diamondbacks and Fox Sports to provide tickets to a future game for families at A New Leaf, a local non-profit that helps support victims of domestic violence."
The iPad and your kid—digital daycare, empowering educator, or something bad?
Why? Kirkorian believes one reason may simply be the development cycle. Things change fast in touchscreen technology. Contrast this again with television. There is plenty of research on the effect of TV on childhood learning, not only because it’s been here a long time, but also because it has changed relatively little over the past few decades. “If I study the iPad today, it may not be relevant in the next five years,” Kirkorian says. “This gives researchers less incentive to study.” As a result, there are only a handful of scientists studying the effect of touchscreen devices on infants and toddlers, and no one has published much yet.
New Light-Based Memory Could Be Key to Faster, More Efficient Computers | MIT Technology Review
Photonic memory has been demonstrated on a chip before, but it was short-lived and it required a constant supply of light to work. This is the first “on-chip” optical memory that is nonvolatile, meaning that it does not require a constant supply of energy, and thus can provide long-term storage the way a hard drive can. The basis of the technology is a so-called phase-change material. Light pulses can be used to switch the material between two distinct states—one in which the atoms are ordered, or crystalline, and one in which they are disordered, or amorphous. The researchers exploited this phenomenon to write and read information.
This Minecraft version of Pokémon is more incredible than you realise
Magib1m is even making a Pokédex for the game, gradually turning this into a fully-realised recreation of the beloved Game Boy original. Godspeed, Magib1m. You're an inspiration to us all.
What people in 1900 thought the year 2000 would look like
"France in the Year 2000" is one example. The series of paintings, made by Jean-Marc Côté and other French artists in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910, shows artist depictions of what life might look like in the year 2000. The first series of images were printed and enclosed in cigarette and cigar boxes around the time of the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris, according to the Public Domain Review , then later turned into postcards.
Elon Musk elaborates on his proposal to nuke Mars
The idea, he said, is to create two tiny pulsing "suns" over the regions. "They're really above the planet, they're not on the planet," Musk said at an event for Solar City in New York City's Times Square this morning. Every few moments, he wants to send a large fusion bomb over the poles, to create small blinking suns. "A lot of people don't appreciate that our Sun is a large fusion explosion," he said.
IBM engineers carbon nanotube transistors to replace silicon in computing
“These chip innovations are necessary to meet the emerging demands of cloud computing, Internet of Things and Big Data systems,” said Dario Gil, vice president of science and technology at IBM Research, in a statement. “As technology nears the physical limits of silicon, new materials and circuit architectures must be ready to deliver the advanced technologies that will drive the Cognitive Computing era. This breakthrough shows that computer chips made of carbon nanotubes will be able to power systems of the future sooner than the industry expected.”
How your "working memory" makes sense of the world
"Life comes at us very quickly, and what we need to do is take that amorphous flow of experience and somehow extract meaning from it." In this funny, enlightening talk, educational psychologist Peter Doolittle details the importance — and limitations — of your "working memory," that part of the brain that allows us to make sense of what's happening right now.
Elon Musk’s Tesla Model X launch was a marketing and PR disaster
Elon Musk is a genius. He’s a business icon. He’s a massive force for good on our planet, and he’s one of the most impressive people of this century, having founded PayPal, SpaceX, SolarCity, and, of course, played a leading role in building Tesla, perhaps the most innovative car company on the planet.
How fear drives American politics
Does it seem like Washington has no new ideas? Instead of looking to build the future, it sometimes feels like the US political establishment happily retreats into fear and willful ignorance. Journalist David Rothkopf lays out a few of the major issues that US leadership is failing to address — from cybercrime to world-shaking new tech to the reality of modern total war — and calls for a new vision that sets fear aside.
Four Scientifically Proven Ways To Spark An "Aha Moment"
In a Princeton study , some students were read a story about a girl named Jane, right before the students had to solve a task. In the story, Jane goes to a concert, where she learns that one fan will win a trip to Hawaii based on the seat number. Only moments earlier, Jane has switched seats with another fan—and surprise! Jane wins the trip. But OMG, what if she hadn’t changed seats? This last part is the counterfactual element.
You Never Thought You Needed A Mobile Private Island... Until Now
You Never Thought You Needed A Mobile Private Island... Until Now
For The Overgrown Child, Furniture You Can Build WIth GIant Lego-esque Bricks
But all hope isn't lost. With Everblocks , you can still sneak some youthful whimsy into your home decor, while maintaining the guise of good modern design. Essentially oversized lego bricks that come in 12-inch, 6-inch, and 3-inch sizes, the furniture system allows you to create virtually whatever you want—stools, tables, desks, shelves, room dividers, etc.—to suit your needs at any given time. And just like Lego, you can deconstruct your creation just as easily as you assembled it, giving you a shapeshifting object around the house.
Madeleine Albright thinks the U.S. should be more generous to refugees
While Albright was glad U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced earlier this month that the country would increase the number of refugees accepted over the next two years, she said it has taken a long time for the world to engage the refugee crisis due in part to a wide misunderstanding about people not being able live in their own countries, as well as what she calls "the fear factor" — or xenophobia.
Instagram photos show the crazy flooding in South Carolina
As more heavy rain is expected to pummel South Carolina on Sunday, Columbia residents and government agencies have taken to social media to document the severe flooding in the state capital.